Winners of the 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Awards

The winners of the 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Awards presented by Etihad Airways have been announced at a ceremony hosted at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve.

Australian designer Dion Lee was awarded Australian fashion’s most prestigious award, the Australian Fashion Laureate, receiving two Business Class tickets within the Etihad Airways network, marking the first time a reward will be attached to the accolade.

Additional winners included Zimmermann for Best Australian Womenswear, Jac + Jack for Best Australian Menswear, Harrolds for Best Australian Retailer, Dinosaur Designs won for the inaugural Best Australian Accessories Designer and P.E Nation took out The Etihad Airways Emerging Talent Award with the winners receiving two Business Class tickets from Australia to anywhere on Etihad Airways’ global network.

Dion Lee

Nicky and Simone Zimmermann

A respected icon in Australian fashion, Dion Lee is regarded by many as one of the most innovative talents in the fashion world, ‘I feel so honoured and am so thankful to the Australian Fashion Industry for all of their support. After a particularly big year for the brand it’s very rewarding and humbling to receive such a prestigious award.’


P.E Nation

The gala evening brought together a number of notables within the fashion industry, including model Gemma Ward, previous Laureate winners including Collette Dinnigan, Jenny Kee, Carla Zampatti, Akira Isogawa designers Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman and models Samantha Harris, Louise Van de Vorst, Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

Dinosaur Designs

Jac + Jack

The evening was opened with the premiere of Margaret Zhang’s “There’s No Space Left In C# Minor,” a three-part short film she debuted via a sensory exposition of her musical process, through an immersive installation designed as a multimedia extension of the film.

Before the final award was announced, guests enjoyed a beautiful runway retrospective show featuring iconic archive pieces from past Laureate winners including Collette Dinnigan, Maticevski, Akira, Easton Pearson, Jenny Kee and Carla Zampatti.

Etihad Airways General Manager Australia and New Zealand, Sarah Built, said: “We’re committed to supporting emerging talent like P.E Nation. Tonight’s award, plus the additional support we’re able to provide, will ensure they have the tools they need to reach their full potential and enable them to engage in international opportunities that will have a much wider positive benefit for the Australian fashion industry. This is a great example of our commitment to strategic collaborative growth, forging strong and lasting partnerships on every level.

The Australian Fashion Laureate celebrates professionals whose careers have promoted and advanced the Australian fashion industry internationally, and is truly a distinct honour as they are voted for by a panel of industry peers.

Dion Lee joins the likes of previous Laureate winners including Toni Maticevski, Nancy Pilcher, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann of Zimmermann, Jenny Kee, Collette Dinnigan, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti, Simon Lock and Akira Isogawa.

The winners for the 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are:

Dion Lee


Jac + Jack


Dinosaur Designs

P.E Nation

Source: Australian Fashion Laureate Awards

*Melissa was the host of the 10th Australian Fashion Laureate awards

Lingerie from Ellipse hits the Spring shelves

Blaiz is a retail platform of online and physical stores curating the best of Latin American womenswear designers, bringing completely new styles to developed markets. Founded by Stephanie Margaronis Mordehachvili, Greek-Brazilian by origin and having forged a career in the financial world with investment expertise in retail.

Blaiz introduces showstopping lingerie brand Ellipse Lingerie. Ellipse Lingerie is a renowned Colombian lingerie brand. Products are made with the most exclusive fabrics and technology and have the most exclusive and intricate designs.

Pieces are made with special attention as the brand’s priority is to create the perfect fit for every woman.

Source: Ellipse Lingerie

Inside the Vogue x Dom Perignon party

Sid and Fiona Myer welcomed guests, dressed head-to-toe in crisp white, into their home in Melbourne’s inner-suburbs on the eve of Derby Day for a garden party hosted by Dom Perignon.

Well before any racing fashion or head pieces were attached, Derby Eve played host to one of the most chic soirées of the spring racing season in Melbourne.

The Dom Perignon flowed, as our fellow white-coded guests kept warm under a huge marquee complete with much-needed heaters.

Fiona Myer elegantly showed off some of her White Story fashion collection pieces as 20 models beautifully meandered around the grand green grounds of the family’s exquisite Toorak home.

The whole soirée oozed style and class. What a smart way to kick off a week of frocks, fillies and fine fashion.

Source: Vogue

Feminist Fashion Label Creates PRIDE Scarf in Support of Marriage Equality

During one of the most critical and important times in our nation’s history, MOGA are proud to voice their support for marriage equality in Australia.

Our love and adoration towards the LGBTIQ community is strong. In honour of their strength, bravery and inclusive spirit, MOGA have designed a limited edition rainbow striped PRIDE scarf.

MOGA has created an advertisement featuring the fabulous ‘Pride Bride’, taken on the steps of Melbourne’s Parliament House and created a social media GIF to encourage Australia to SAY YES to love!

However, to also raise awareness of some of the hardships the LGBTIQ community have recently faced in the wake of the plebiscite, MOGA have teamed up with writer and model Kalida Edwards for a blog post on what marriage equality means to a young mum who is also a bisexual woman of colour, like herself. You can view this content here.

Similar to their previous designs, the MOGA PRIDE scarf can be worn by anyone, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. To demonstrate this, they have even draped it as a hijab, a world first, to acknowledge that members of the LGBTIQ community exist in ALL religions, including Islam, which is sadly one of the most homophobic in the world.

Through this campaign, they hope to open a discussion and dialogue so LGBTIQ individuals can feel safe and proud of who they are. Here are a few words from MOGA founder & creative director:

“This campaign is something that is very special and important to us. As a new brand that prides itself on challenging social norms, we often face some of the same struggles and barriers as members of the LGBTIQ community. Struggles that include not always fitting into societal expectations or being negatively perceived for simply being different.

However, for us, the expression of love and identity is paramount to what we stand for. At the end of the day, everyone should feel proud of who they are, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs or sexual orientation and everyone deserves the right to love, and be loved in return.” – Azahn Munas

Our PRIDE scarf will be available exclusively via our ASOS Boutique.

Source: MOGA

Celebrities & VIPs celebrate the launch of ERDEM x H&M in Sydney

The entire top floor of 238 Castlereagh Street in Sydney’s CBD, was transformed into a garden oasis for the Australian launch of global fashion retailer H&M’s latest designer collaboration with London based fashion label, ERDEM.

Over 200 guests including celebrities, fashion identities and Sydney social faces were the first in Australia to shop the much-anticipated collection, which includes exquisitely detailed and beautifully finished women’s and men’s pieces, designed by Erdem Moralioglu. The Canadian born designer is known for his romantic, floral designs adored by Hollywood stars and fashion insiders alike.

In addition to shopping, guests enjoyed Champagne, botanical cocktails and were treated to delicate garden inspired canapes while dancing the night away to tunes spun by DJ Roxy Lola.

The VIP launch party set the scene for the collection landing in select stores around Australia on November 2nd, with crowds expected to line up overnight to get a piece of the dreamy, floral printed collection.

Celebrities and VIPs in attendance included: TV personalities and models Kate Peck, Phoebe Burgess and Laura Dundovic, fashion bloggers Melissa Whitelaw and Cartia Mallan, models Louise van de Vorst, Ryan Channing and Josh Heuston.

Source: H&M